Sunday, October 09, 2011
Black Sheep Sunday: Hold Woman As Bandit Accomplice
"After the robbery, we drove back to Indianapolis. I did not get any of the money which was stolen from the Marion or Upland bank."
Mrs. Bridgewater, who has dark complexion, hair and eyes, seemed to bear out her statement that she had received none of the stolen money, as she was dressed very ordinarily, wearing a long coat of imitation fur. She said she had been married to her present husband less than one month and that this is her third marriage, and has four children by the former marriages. She said that she had never been in trouble of any kind before and that last night was her first night in any jail.
The woman stated that she was not well acquainted with her present husband before she married him and that his occupation was that of a lineman.
Marion Smith, alias "Red" Smith, the third bandit, who was arrested at Indianapolis Tuesday afternoon, was arraigned in circuit court yesterday, where he entered a plea of guilty to a charge of automobile banditry and was given a sentence of from ten to twenty years in the state reformatory, from which institution he was released only five months ago, after serving a sentence for vehicle taking.
William Behrens, also known as "Red," who was given his sentence Tuesday afternoon, told Sheriff Renbarger yesterday that he is willing to trade places with some condemned....in the electric chair...long term in court yesterday morning, admitted to taking part in the South Marion bank robbery, as well as the Upland robbery. He said that he was taken from his mother when he was only fourteen months old and had not seen his parents since that time and that he had just recently received word that a woman he believed to be his mother, was located in Sedalia, Mo., and that he needed some money to go to that city. He gave his home address as Brazil, Ind., where he had been employed in washing gravel.
Following a statement made by Behrens to Turnkey Marsh that he, Behrens, would get out of jail if he could find any possible way, has led to extra precautions being taken with the bandits. Each bandit has been placed on separate floors, with the woman, arrested last night, placed in the women's department.
This article is another in a series of follow-up stories to the robberies of the Upland State bank and South Marion bank by a group of robbers, led by my paternal cousin, Harry PIERPONT (1902-1934). Harry later became famous as a member of the "Terror Gang" with John Dillinger. These earlier robberies terrorized Indiana during 1924-25.